City of Annapolis Elected BRTB Vice Chair
Annapolis, MD (6-28-12) Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen will represent the City of Annapolis as Vice Chairman of the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) beginning July 1, 2012.
The Mayor of Baltimore, County Executives from Harford, Howard, Baltimore and Anne Arundel Counties, a representative of the Carroll County Board of Commissioners, and the Secretaries of the Maryland Department of Transportation, Department of Environment, Department of Planning and the Administrator of the Maryland Transit Administration make up the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board which elected Mayor Cohen at its Wednesday, June 27, meeting. Harford County, Vice Chair for the past two years, was elected to the Chairmanship.
The BRTB is charged with approving all transportation projects using Federal Surface Transportation Funds—Highways and Transit—and ensuring that projects comply with clean air standards in the Baltimore Region (Annapolis, Baltimore City, and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties)-- making sure that the transportation system will continue to meet the residents' needs for years to come.
The BRTB also has a number of committees and subcommittees that focus on specific technical and policy areas, such as population projections, traffic signal operations, freight movement, and bicycle and pedestrian issues.
The BRTB is responsible for coordination of transportation decisions in the Baltimore Region and for the approval of all projects using Federal Surface Transportation funds, as well as testing projects for conformity with air quality standards.
The BRTB is housed at the Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC), the organization of the region's elected executives that is committed to identifying regional interests and developing collaborative strategies, plans and programs which will improve the quality of life and economic vitality throughout the region. BMC also provides technical and staff support for transportation planning.